Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Who will take the rap for slump in TVNZ dividend?

Hon Georgina te Heuheu MP National Party Broadcasting Spokeswoman

14 November 2005

Who will take the rap for slump in TVNZ dividend?

National Party Broadcasting spokeswoman Georgina te Heuheu says the board should be held accountable for the expected slump in TVNZ's return to the taxpayer.

"Will the forecast drop in the dividend be reflected in the pay-packets of the board?"

Mrs te Heuheu has written to the Commerce Select Committee seeking an inquiry into TVNZ, following the Ian Fraser and Susan Wood fiascos, the slump in ratings and the likely effect on advertising and revenue.

"Most worrying for taxpayers is that the much-reduced dividend being announced this week is an historical snap-shot, which doesn't take into account the most recent problems at TVNZ.

"Clearly, the financial situation is not helped by shareholding Ministers who praise the rival news operation and condemn the broadcaster that they are responsible for.

"With each statement they further undermine the credibility and the value of an important taxpayer asset, and they continue to offer their confidence to a board that's overseen the whole mess."

The Commerce Select Committee will vote on whether to hold an inquiry when it meets this Thursday.

"Michael Cullen and Steve Maharey are in denial. They resist an inquiry because they know it will expose serious shortcomings in the management, culture and the direction of the state-funded broadcaster," says Mrs te Heuheu.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news